From The Editor-In-Chief LETTER What if your roof did more than protect your house from the elements? What if it generated electricity for the home? That's the idea behind the new solar roofing options recently unveiled by Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk. The solar roofing comes in four styles including “Textured Glass Tile,” “Slate Glass Tile,” “Tuscan Glass Tile" and “Smooth Glass Tile.” Each of these options resemble a current roofing style but are made up of quartz glass tiles that are embedded with solar cells. In other words, the new solar products actually look like roofs rather than the noticeably clunky aftermarket solar panels seen on many roofs today. According to Musk, Tesla’s solar roofing generates enough energy to fully power a household, with the power designed to be stored in the company's Powerwall 2.0 battery units so homeowners can keep a reserve of backup energy. As far as cost, Tesla’s roof reportedly will cost less than the full cost of a roof, although the company declined to provide specifics on pricing, since it will depend on a number of factors such as installation specifics. The solar roof product should start to see installations by summer, how- ever, so time will soon tell what homeowners can expect regarding initial cost and long-term performance. Coming from a company with such a stellar reputation for developing cutting-edge technologies, the new Tesla solar roofs present an exciting new development in home-improvement innovation. You'll also find a preview of many more modern technologies for home construction in Extreme How-To's preview of the International Builders' Show found in this issue. We offer a sneak peek at the products soon to be on display at the largest residential construction convention of 2017, where many building trends will be set for the year to follow. Also in this issue, see how the pros install a granite countertop, how contractor Mark Clement built a wood-paneled shower, how DIY'er Clint Johnson painted his metal roof, and how you can design a perfect kitchen cabinet.
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